Morgan Wallen’s music was taken off country radio earlier this year after it was seen on video using a racial slur. But, his song “Sand in My Boots” has been played on radio stations across the country lately, by Billboard. So it looks like Wallen’s ban on country radio has ended.
Billboard reported that “Sand in My Boots”, which is Wallen’s opening song Dangerous: the double album was broadcast on most radio stations nationwide. The country singer’s album was initially released on January 8, 2021. MRC Data mid-year report 2021 noted that the album was the most popular in the United States from January 1 to July 1. The radio release of “Sand in My Boots” comes months after Wallen’s music was banned from the airwaves amid racial slurs controversy. His music was banned after it was filmed using the N word while hanging out with friends in Nashville. He later apologized for using such offensive language.
In February, around the time the Wallen racial slurs scandal hit the headlines, numerous radio station conglomerates, including iHeartMedia and Cumulus, announced that they would be removing the singer’s music from the radio. Cumulus Media, which is the second-largest radio station in the United States, even issued a directive to stations advising them to take Wallen’s music off the air. Brian Philips, the channel’s executive vice president of programming, and John Dimick, the company’s head of programming operations, issued a directive that read, âThe team, unfortunately, country music star Morgan Wallen has was filmed on Sunday night using a racial insult. request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow. “
While Wallen’s music was taken off the air, it returned to the radio as early as June. Variety reported that Wallen’s music was quietly added to the airwaves this month. The post noted that executives were believed to have left the decision to play his music again to the respective stations. Their opinion of the situation would have been of the “make your own decision.” If you’re comfortable putting his music on the radio and think the guy has been on the sidelines long enough, then it’s your choice. Based on the latest update on his music, it looks like the industry has decided that Wallen’s radio ban has gone on “long enough.”